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Local News

  • Etheridge will not seek school board re-election

    School Board of Levy County member Frank Etheridge, who represents Williston, will not seek re-election in November.

    "After 20 years on the board, I've enjoyed it. But it's time for some new, fresh ideas."

    Etheridge started his career in education as a teacher at Williston High School. His interest and passion for education has continued ever since, he said.

  • City reverses late fee action-for now

    The city administration has withdrawn, for the time being, the implementation of a procedure that contradicted long term practice in the payment of utility bills when the 10th of the month falls on a weekend.

    According to statute, utility bills are due and payable on the 10th of the month to avoid the application of a $10 late fee per service.

    Common practice for many years has been that, should the 10th fall on a weekend, utility bills could be paid until 4 p.m. on the following Monday without penalty.

  • If you will build it, they will come

    Four Williston young men are facing a daunting task–but they’re confidant that with community support their dream can become a reality.

    Led by Robert Jones, Wesley Rizer, Sean Hicks and Calvin Root are determined to see Williston youth have a recreation center that can be used now and in the future.

    The four meet at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints each Wednesday to play basketball, and when others heard, they came too.

  • Want to drive in Florida?

    There was a time when passing written, eye and driving tests were all you needed to be a legal Florida driver. These days you have to have concrete proof of who you are.

    As of Jan. 1, new requirements went into effect for anyone renewing or getting a new driver’s license, and it’s caused a few headaches for those issue the licenses.

    “I’ve been chewed out and cussed at,” Linda Fugate, Levy County Tax Collector, told Williston Rotary Club members last week as she explained what’s needed to be a legal driver.

  • Third commission seat to be on fall ballot

     The pending November resignation of Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland means voters will have the opportunity to choose his replacement, Gov. Charlie Crist's office confirmed on Wednesday evening.

    Johnson, who was appointed by Crist in late July 2009, recently announced he would be seeking the District 2 seat now held by Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland. Johnson's family is building a new home in District 2. At the time of the announcement, he sent Crist his resignation effective on Nov. 16 — two weeks after the general election.

  • Council amends zoning ordinance

    Addressing the only subject on Tuesday evening’s agenda, the city council made a significant change to a zoning regulation which they had approved, albeit reluctantly, on its first reading.

  • Bell, Johnson to vie for same commission seat

    The political season started this week with the Tuesday announcement by Levy County Commissioner Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson of Chiefland that he is resigning his appointment to the District 1 seat to seek the District 2 seat held by Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland.

    Both have filed for the office according to a list of candidates released by the Levy County Supervisor of Elections office.

  • Relay for Life Fund-raisers

    With the Relay for Life approaching quickly, teams are scheduling more and more events and fund-raisers.

    Horeshoe Tournament

    The Williston Church of God will host a Horseshoe Tournament at the Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park on 4th Street in Williston at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th. Two person teams will play in a double elimination tourney, with trophies awarded for Grand and Reserve Champion teams.

    The entry fee, which includes a meal, is $40 prior to the event, and $50 on the day of the event. If you have no partner, you can be matched with one.

  • Planes collide outside Williston; three dead

    Two airplanes collided Saturday around 11: 45 a.m., leaving three people dead.

    Lee Hanley Sentman III, 73, of Summerfield, the pilot of an experimental plane died after the aircraft collided mid-air with a Piper 32 that had left the Williston Airport.

    The Piper was engulfed in flames when emergency workers arrived and two bodies were found in the plane.

    The names of those in the Piper have not been identified at this point.

    Read the full story this week in the Pioneer.

     

  • Missionaries to Haiti home for help

    By all accounts, Beverly and Richard Felmey of Bell should be having the time of their life cruising around the Caribbean on a tour ship sending postcards home to their son, Levy County Deputy Brian Capps, of Fanning Springs, and their daughter, Healther Class, of Bell.

    They made it to the Caribbean, but not as tourists. The Felmeys operate the Feed My Sheep Mission in Montrouis, Haiti. It's a mission, school and clinic that the couple has operated since 1998.